Clean, green and captivating, the colourful port of Reykjavik is one of Europe's most enchanting cities.
The world's northernmost national capital offers stunning views, a thriving arts scene and a warm welcome that belies its subarctic climate. A beautiful skyline, dramatic coast and rich cultural heritage come together in a city that also makes an ideal gateway to Iceland's glaciers, geysers and lava fields.
The capital's nightlife revolves around the youthful, vibrant Downtown district. There's no shortage of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues on the trendy Laugavegur shopping street, while the neighbouring Hverfisgata offers a lively, albeit gentler alternative. There are few nightclubs to choose from, but many of 101's bars double up as dance venues.
Attend a Harpa concert
Reykjavik is proud of its Harpa concert hall, a bold 21st-century addition to the skyline and cultural landscape. The modernist structure, with its coloured glass façade, is beautifully illuminated under lights after dusk. Inside the hall, you'll find everything from opera and ballet to jazz and electronica. Even if you don't have tickets for a performance, it's still worth heading down to the harbour to look around.
Time for a pint
For much of the 20th century, you couldn't order a pint in Iceland. Prohibition was enforced between 1915 and 1989, meaning beer was completely off-limits, but today it's a different story. The capital has a developing taste for craft lager, which capably complements the Víking, Gull and Carlsberg standards. Reykjavik bars offer an impressive range of beers, but be aware – you may pay handsomely for the privilege.